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Toronto Cow Save Vigil for the Cows
October 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Due to Covid we ask that attendees keep 2 meters apart and/or wear a mask.
A section of Bill 156 has taken effect prohibiting us to interfere or stop trucks. We do not forcefully stop trucks at these vigils anyway, and don’t normally “interfere” but we do ask drivers to give us a few minutes with the cows prior to backing in. Some do, some don’t. With a peaceful presence, we hope they will continue to do so. Please come with peace to change the violent, dark energy of this area of Toronto.
Please join us for a vigil to bear witness to, and to speak up for, the hundreds of cows, calves, and lambs whose lives are needlessly and violently stolen from them daily at St. Helen’s slaughterhouse in Toronto.
Placards, leaflets, support are provided.
PARKING: Please park in the parking lot of the Stock Yards Village shopping complex, a 1 minute walk from the vigil site. There is no parking at the vigil and tickets are being issued.
Please read these vigil and safety notes prior to attending.👇
☮️ Keeping Toronto Cow Save vigils peaceful.
The purpose of Toronto Cow Save vigils is to bear witness, to see the reality, to connect, to document, then to share with others. To bring peace to a violent space. Disruptions can take place at a different time.
2) Truck Drivers:
Many drivers are now voluntarily giving us time to bear witness. This is due to building a place of respect over a long period of time. Though we know what they do for a living is wrong, we remain respectful to the drivers for giving us this time to expose to the world the reality of farmed animals. We are not there to attack individuals, but a whole system.
3) Slaughterhouse Workers:
Some workers may try to taunt (though rarely anymore). Offer a wave or peace sign instead of engaging in a negativity. Break the cycle of violence.
🚍 Bearing witness on the sidewalk side of the truck:
1) Stress for animals:
When the cows are surrounded, they may panic. Most have not had positive human interactions in their short lives and may see us as danger. Let’s not cause any added stress to these beings than they already have.
2) Your safety:
Glen Scarlett Road is extremely busy with transport trucks and other large vehicles. When bearing witness, we are often not actively paying attention to our surroundings and tragedy could happen.
🙋 Keep Arms out of the truck:
We’ve experienced a few serious injuries from vigil attendees putting hands/arms into the truck. Please avoid the temptation to reach inside for the following reasons:
1) The truck may suddenly move, trapping/taking you with it.
2) Cows are extremely large and heavy beings. Though they may not intend to hurt, a human arm may frighten them and simple movement can crush or break bones. Instead, offer your hand just at the opening of the truck. Some cows will choose to come to you and sniff/lick your hand.
3) Fear. Many of these beings have not known kind human hands in the past. This may cause them stress.
🚛 Moving away from the truck:
The driver will often beep his horn when it’s time to back away or we will let you know. At that time we must (very, very sadly) move away from the truck, for your safety and to allow the driver space to back up. This is what they’ve agreed upon to voluntarily give us this time to bear witness. Not giving them the safe space may, sadly, break our agreement and end our ability to bear witness. Until we have a mass movement to free our friends, this is what we must do to help them.
❤️🐄🐑❤️ Thank you for your understanding and for coming to bear witness and to be their voice. Please bring a friend. They desperately need you